Mem­o­ries shared as Pangerang Com­mu­nity House marks 30 years

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

MEM­BERS of the com­mu­nity, young and old, gath­ered at Pangerang Com­mu­nity House on Fri­day to cel­e­brate its 30th year of oper­a­tion.

A free bar­be­cue, live mu­sic and mem­o­ries of past vol­un­teers and stu­dents all added to the fun.

Lyn Cor­bett, who vol­un­teered at Pangerang for 20 years, said the house was like a home away from home.

“I al­ways felt so wel­come here and even though I vol­un­teered in child­care, I would tidy up af­ter things and do jobs around the house like I would at home,” she said.

“I worked with one woman who had a dis­abil­ity for 10 years so the con­nec­tions you make are huge and as the house grew a job op­por­tu­nity for child­care came up which I took and my time at Pangerang made the process so much eas­ier.

“Be­ing the com­mu­nity house, you’d get peo­ple new to town who are made to feel wel­come into the com­mu­nity and a lot of them would

CEL­E­BRAT­ING: Vol­un­teer Hay­ley Buck and Pangerang child­care stu­dent Ivy Ak­ers dance up a storm.

FAM­ILY: Join­ing in the 30 year cel­e­bra­tions on fri­day were (from left) Aunty Betty Cherry, Pangerang vol­un­teers Amanda Scott and Rat Beat­tie (back), past vol­un­teer Lyn Cor­bett and Pangerang House co­or­di­na­tor Ten­nille Hall.

PHO­TOS: Leah An­der­son-Byrne come in and help, even af­ter they fin­ish their course it is com­plet­ing their cour­ses. amaz­ing,” she said. “It was very pre­cious to my “We have vol­un­teers that heart and it was hard to re­tire.” come in with life chal­lenges who

the mo­ment, but they are also look­ing to ex­pand.She said the house was a pop­u­lar as ever, with the lat­est data in­di­cat­ing they en­gaged with 235 peo­ple ev­ery week through their cour­ses and child­care ser­vices.“There’s a need to look at growth of child­care and we’re also look­ing more in the west end of Wan­garatta for pos­si­ble lo­ca­tions for more cour­ses in those ar­eas,” she said.“We’d like to utilise the bike tracks out there for ex­am­ple, and give younger peo­ple and peo­ple with a lack of mo­bil­ity eas­ier ac­cess to the house, and also en­cour­age healthy liv­ing like rid­ing to your com­mu­nity house.“Park­ing in Ovens Street is a con­tin­ued is­sue so an­other lo­ca­tion could be more ef­fi­cient in that way too.“We’ve been hold­ing pop up work­shops in the town and hope to do a few more to talk to the com­mu­nity about their needs and we’re con­stantly look­ing for fund­ing to do all th­ese great things.

Get your guide to the jazz fes­ti­val in Fri­day’s Chron­i­cle.

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